Suckled calf trade struggling amid beef crisis

Source: https://www.fwi.co.uk/livestock/taking-stock/suckled-calf-trade-struggling-amid-beef-crisis

Farmers Weekly

Suckled calf sales are feeling the pinch this autumn, with some averages back as much as 40p/kg, mirroring the year-on-year deficit in the finished deadweight cattle price.    Tight margins in the finishing sector have placed even more emphasis on quality in the calf ring, with heifers keenly sought-after and trade for the best continental […]

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When animals are raised in the pasture-based system they are let to graze freely and eat nutritious green grass and other green plants that are easily digested by their bodies. The livestock welfare is greatly increased when they graze on green pasture.

Sustainable livestock farming also helps in lowering damage to the environment plus the produces such as pork, eggs and milk is more nutritious and taste better than food from factory farms.

Animal Health Benefits:

Livestock that are kept in restricted factory farms have less quality life than those raised on pasture. Animals when raised on pasture can move around and live a natural life where else in factory farms the animals are all crowded in confined facilities. These facilities do not have sun light or fresh air allowing bacteria to grow and affect the animals. This then causes the livestock being provided with antibiotics which is not good for the livestock.

Since a great deal of livestock eat grass, grazing them on pasture has a number of benefits. Some of the benefits are the animals are able to produce saliva which is good for neutralizing acids that is in their gastrointestinal system. Since grain fed livestock produce less saliva they frequently suffer from dehydration, intestine damage and even death.

Human Being Health Benefits:

Livestock farmed on pasture produce more nutritious eggs, beef, milk which is good for consumers then livestock raised on grains. Adding to that, pasture raised foods have a healthier balance of omega-3 plus omega-6 fats then your conventional foods. Their vitamin levels are greater as well.

It’s no uncertainty that sustainable livestock farming is the way to go if you need to be a successful livestock farmer. The livestock are reared in a healthy way and the produce is healthy for us human beings.

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